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  • is slightly than greater than 250 m. This findingprompted us to analyze the residual stromal bed thicknessin keratectasia cases after LASIK in the literature. Fromthe pachymetry, flap, and ablation data in previouslypublished cases, we calculated residual stromal bed thick-ness in 57 eyes that ranged from 113 to 353 m.16 In 28(49%) of 57 eyes, residual stromal bed thickness wasgreater than 250 m.16 To calculate the residual stromalbed thickness, the flap thickness is assumed to be thelabeled plate depth, which may be subject to error. In ourcases and in the literature, inaccuracies in presumed flapdepth could lead to overestimation of calculated residualstromal bed thickness. This potential source of error isinherent in the procedure and is included in planning theresidual stromal bed thickness. It is also possible that the250-m target thickness for the residual stromal bed is toolow, especially since this number was derived from assump-tions of the tangential elastic modulus of the normalcornea rather than experimental data.1 Regardless ofwhether the technique for calculating the residual stromalbed or the derived number is at fault, our data and theliterature show that the calculated residual stromal bed of250 m does not prevent keratectasia. A prospective studyto directly measure residual stromal bed thickness imme-diately after LASIK is needed to determine the actualthickness that precludes keratectasia.


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    Recurrence of Retinoblastoma12 Years After BrachytherapyHiroshi Goto, MD, Akiko Kousaka, MD,Shigeru Takano, MD, and Masahiko Usui, MD

    PURPOSE: To report a case of retinoblastoma that re-curred 12 years after brachytherapy.DESIGN: Interventional case report.METHODS: A 2-month-old boy presented in December1983 with bilateral retinoblastoma and was treated withbilateral 198Au plaque radiotherapy, photocoagulation,and cryotherapy. He maintained a visual acuity of 20/200 in both eyes. In December 1995, he had a suddendecrease of vision in the right eye and vitreous hemor-rhage with fluffy opacification.RESULTS: In January 1996, cytopathologic examinationof large keratic precipitates in the right eye demonstratedcells consistant with retinoblastoma. The right eye wasenucleated and diffuse retinoblastoma was noted his-topathologically. Systemic chemotherapy was given, andthere has been no local recurrence or extraocular metas-tasis for 5 years.CONCLUSIONS: This case emphasizes that long-term fol-low-up is essential for managing retinoblastoma aftereye-preserving conservative therapy. (Am J Ophthal-mol 2002;134:773775. 2002 by Elsevier ScienceInc. All rights reserved.)

    CONVENTIONAL THERAPIES FOR RETINOBLASTOMA,including eyeball enucleation, external beam radio-therapy, brachytherapy, laser photocoagulation, and cryo-therapy, have achieved favorable survival rates.1 Inaddition, more than 50% of patients with retinoblastomaare managed with chemoreduction.2 Shields and associ-ates3 reported recurrence rates of retinoblastoma treatedwith plaque radiotherapy combined with other treatmentsof 17% at 1 year and 20% at 4 years and a mean intervalto recurrence of 8 months. We describe a case of retino-blastoma that recurred 12 years after brachytherapy.

    A 2-month-old boy was referred to us in December 1983to rule out retinopathy of prematurity. Ocular fundusexamination revealed no evidence of retinopathy of pre-maturity, but detected multiple intraocular tumors in botheyes (Figure 1). A diagnosis of bilateral retinoblastoma wasmade based on the ocular manifestations and computedtomography. No remarkable family histories were present,and genetic analysis was not performed. Plaques with198Au were implanted on the sclera of both eyes andremoved 1 week later, resulting in 50-Gy irradiation.Retinal photocoagulation and cryotherapy were subse-quently added. After these combination therapies, theintraocular tumors gradually regressed and chorioretinalscars remained. Periodical ophthalmic follow-up was con-tinued, and the infants visual acuity was maintained at20/200 in both eyes.

    Accepted for publication July 1, 2002.From the Department of Ophthalmology, Tokyo Medical University,

    Tokyo, Japan.Inquiries to Hiroshi Goto, MD, Department of Ophthalmology, Tokyo

    Medical University, 6-7-1 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023,Japan; fax: (81) 3-3346-9170; e-mail:

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  • Twelve years after these treatments, visual acuity in theboys right eye suddenly decreased to hand motions and hevisited us in December 1995. Although diffuse vitreoushemorrhage with disseminated fluffy opacification in hisright eye was observed, detailed fundus findings wereunknown. In January 1996, large keratic precipitates andmoderate cell infiltration in the anterior chamber werenoted (Figure 2, top). No significant changes were presentin his left eye except diffuse chorioretinal atrophy. Ultra-sonography, magnetic resonance imaging, and computedtomography revealed no evidence of intraocular tumor.However, cytopathologic examination of the aqueous hu-mor collected by paracentesis demonstrated tumor cellsconsistent with retinoblastoma in the right eye (Figure 2,top). His right eye was enucleated in February 1996, andhistopathologic examination demonstrated flat and diffuseinfiltration of tumor cells with occasional rosette formationand foci of calcification (Figure 2, bottom). The tumorcells infiltrated into the vitreous cavity and anteriorchamber, whereas the optic nerve was spared. Combinedchemotherapy with vincristine sulfate, etoposide, and car-boplatin was given postoperatively. No local recurrence orexraocular metastasis was found for 5 years.

    Iodine 125 (I125) plaque radiotherapy is currently themost common brachytherapy for intraocular neoplasms inthe United States,3 but its use has been prohibited by lawin Japan. However, 198Au has been authorized for brachy-therapy for more than 25 years, and its clinical use isallowed in Japan. The small size and short half-life of198Au make it safe and permanently applicable to variousorgans.4

    Recurrence of retinoblastoma generally occurs at theedge of or within the scar, whereas new tumors usually

    arise far from the primary site after conservative therapy.5It was difficult to demonstrate histologically whether thediffuse tumor in the present case was a recurrent or de novotumor. Long-term periodic follow-up is essential to man-aging patients with retinoblastoma after eye-preservingconservative therapy.


    1. Shields CL, Potter PD, Himelstein BP, et al. Chemoreductionin the initial management of retinoblastoma. Arch Ophthal-mol 1996;114:13301338.

    2. Shields CL, Shields JA, Needle M, et al. Combined chemore-duction and adjuvant treatment for intraocular retinoblas-toma. Ophthalmology 1997;104:21012111.

    3. Shields CL, Shields JA, Cater J, et al. Plaque radiotherapy forretinoblastoma. Long-term tumor control and treatment com-plications in 208 tumors. Ophthalmology 2001;108:21162121.

    4. Yasumoto M, Shibuya H, Hoshina M, et al. External and

    FIGURE 1. Fundus photograph demonstrating multiple retino-blastomas adjacent to the optic disk in the right eye.

    FIGURE 2. (Top) Slit-lamp biomicroscope showing large ker-atic precipitates at the periphery and posterior subcapsularcataract. Note the accumulation of tumor cells consistent withretinoblastoma in aqueous humor collected by paracentesis(inset). (Bottom) Histopathological examination, right eye,demonstrating flat and diffuse infiltration of retinoblastoma(arrow). Note the foci of calcification in the tumor (inset).


  • interstitial radiotherapy in the treatment of oropharyngealsquamous cell carcinoma. Br J Radiol 1995;68:630635.

    5. Hadjistilianou T, Greco G, Frezzotti R. Recurrent and newtumors during conservative treatment of bilateral retinoblas-toma. Ophthalmic Paediatr Genetics 1991;12:7984.

    Primary Adrenal Lymphoma WithChoroidal MetastasesLisa S. Schocket, MD, Nasreen A. Syed, MD,and Stuart L. Fine, MD

    PURPOSE: To describe a 71-year-old man with bilateralprimary adrenal lymphoma with metastases to the choroid.DESIGN: Interventional case report.METHODS: A 71-year-old man presented with decreasedvisual acuity in his left eye secondary to an exudativeretinal detachment. Abdominal computed tomographyand percutaneous biopsy revealed non-Hodgkin large-celllymphoma involving both adrenal glands.RESULTS: Ocular and adrenal lesions resolved after sixcycles of chemotherapy with cytoxan, adriamycin, vin-cristine, and prednisone. Seven years after his initialdiagnosis, the patient reported no recurrence of eitherocular or systemic lymphoma.CONCLUSIONS: To our knowledge, this is the first caser